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Lion Brand® Jiffy®
10 stitches + 8 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in half double crochet. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.
SQUARES (make 7 of each color) With A, chain 19.
Row 1: Half double crochet in 3rd chain from hook and in each chain across – 18 stitches.
Rows 2-13: Chain 2, turn, half double crochet in each half double crochet across.
Square should measure about 7 in. (18 cm).
FINISHING Following diagram, sew Squares together. Weave in ends.
Applegarth Afghan Reviewed by JoAnn Clark on 2011-04-10
I made an enlarged version of this afghan for my first afghan project (my skill level is probably advanced beginner at this point). I loved the fact that I could work on it in pieces so it was a great project to work on while traveling.
My version was 9 squares by 10, so I needed to make 90 squares total. I simply extended the color pattern and that resulted in making 16 squares of 2 colors, 15 squares of 2 colors, and 14 squares of the last 2 colors (6 balls of each color were needed!). I probably overshot in how big I made the blanket - b/c it is very big! - but it's going to be great for snuggling with my husband during next winter!
I wanted to share some notes that other beginners might find helpful about this pattern, based on my experiences:
1) I had to use a 10mm hook to meet the gauge. Even then, I had to crochet 17 rows for each square to make the measurement. I normally crochet a little tight and have to use 1 hook size above what is normally called for, but this one I had to jump 4+ sizes.
2) I substituted a couple of different Jiffy colors for our afghan and learned a huge lesson - even though the yarn was the same weight, same manufacturer, same brand, etc., the different colors were different thicknesses. As a result, I needed to re-check my gauge each time I changed colors. Frustrating to go through, but good to know for the future.
3) Since the pattern didn't say what kind of stitch to connect the squares with, I used a slip stitch and it worked well.
4) I added an edge to the afghan to finish it off. I did 1 row of sc (3 in each corner), then a 2nd row of a crab stitch / reverse sc (1 in each from previous row). I loved how the edge came out! I just wished that I had sewn together the blocks using the same yarn color b/c the ends would've been less obvious as I worked over them, weaved them in.
All-in-all, I found it to be a good beginner project to work on, even if it did take me a lot of time because I super-sized it. I finished the blanket just before a late-spring cold snap so we have been able to use it and it is toasty! Exactly what I was hoping for!
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